Meet These 7 Fantastic Female Native American Business Leaders



Since the Native American Heritage Month (November) has begun, it might be a good time to highlight the efforts of the Female CEO’s who belong to the Native America. These ladies have been running businesses on a very large scale all over the country. These indigenous females are holding the positions of CEOs for super successful companies. They have worked hard to bring forward their cultural views, which have been ignored completely. Let us look at the lives of 7 successful Native- American women and endorse their extraordinary accomplishments.

Bethany Yellowtail

Bethany Yellowtail is a Native-American fashion designer residing in Los Angeles, California. She is famous for the way she portrays her native heritage, which stems from Northern Cheyenne and the Crow tribes. She is currently the CEO and Designer of her fashion brand, B.Yellowtail. Prior to starting her own brand, she used to work for BCBG Max Azria. Furthermore, she has worked for multiple brands as a Senior Pattern Maker. Yellowtail has worked to support causes such as Women’s March in 2017 and Standing Rock Protests.

Janice Guy

Janice Guy belonged to a family with a military background. Following her family, she decided to join force and ended up serving the US Marine Corps. She was among the first female officers in the Air Defense Control.

Sarah Eagle Heart

Sara Eagle Heart is serving as the CEO at “Natives Americans in Philanthropy” aka NAP. She took the position of the CEO in fall 2015. NAP was founded in 1990 and works in collaboration with non-profit foundations and a few tribal communities. The sole purpose of NAP is to improve lives of the natives living in the U.S. and preserve the native traditions. NAP is responsible for arranging webinars, leadership courses, and meetings in order to refine the skills and qualities of Native-Americans.

 Vickie Wessel

Vickie Wessel founded Spirit Electronics in 1979 and she is currently serving as the CEO of the company. She has a massive 36 years of experience in business leadership. She has been in charge of multiple departments such as sales, procurement, quality management system, finance, and contracts. The company provides electronics in Arizona and Phoenix, and therefore, Spirit Electronics has been in business with Aerospace and Defense industries.

Cheryl Cardinal

Cardinal is an entrepreneur with intentions to create a solid relationship between the natives and the rest of the progressing world. She completed her graduation from the University of British Columbia and pursued her MBE degree from Dartmouth’s Tuck School of Business. Her expertise is in the fields of international trade, oil, gas, sustainability and climate control. Furthermore, she serves as a link between Canada, Australia, and the U.S.

Karlene Hunter



Karlene Hunter is the co-founder and CEO of the Native American Natural Foods. She is a member of Oglala Sioux Tribe. She has been working on economic and educational development on the Pine Ridge Reservation located in South Dakota. The company produced its first snack protein-bar which contained Prairie Buffalo and cranberries, called the Tanka Bar. One of the missions of this company is to reintroduce the traditional native foods which can help alleviate Diabetes.

Patricia Parker

In 1992, Patricia Parker and her sister created an organization called the Native American Management Services. Patricia is currently the CEO of the company. The company has been working on tasks like event management, public and private conferences and trade shows. She worked with the Indian Health Services Organization for years as a member of Choctaw Nation.


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